Three questions to renew your purpose
However, this year brought structure and direction, in part because I asked myself three questions:
- What can I offer the world?
- Who can help me?
- Who can I help, and how?
What can I offer the world?
I decided to write down the answer and was surprised at the length of the list. First and foremost, I decided I could help people heal their relationship with money and organise their finances. The psychology of money has been a constant in my life. I even wrote a book on the subject.
As a business owner, I added the knowledge and skills gained from courses and experiences.
I also listed my mistakes, of which there were many, and the lessons I had learnt from them.
Who can help me?
I realised I needed help to escape the rut I was in. I found and retained a coach who specialised in coaching coaches. Her first question to me was: “Are you coachable?” I decided to swallow my ego, replied in the affirmative, let go of all my previous notions about running a coaching business, and opted to be open to all she suggested.
Friends and colleagues also provided informal help. My coach suggested I discuss their challenges with friends, relatives and associates. Not only was this revealing, but many also gave me excellent suggestions for redesigning my business.
What do people want from me?
The more I probed, the deeper the problems I found. There is truth in the adage that the presenting issue is never the real issue.
I spoke to my peer group whose kids had recently left school. I discovered that even the most resourceful and determined parents struggled with money, health, ageing parents, empty houses, relationships, purpose, work/life balance, “enoughness,” retirement and more.
A way forward
And in the answers to these three questions, I discovered a way forward. I realised I was extremely well-positioned to support parents whose kids have left home while they reorganise their lives and money. In so doing, I could help them fulfil their higher aspirations of growing their wealth, making a difference and living with grace and style.
Of course, further questions arose as I discovered answers. However, these three questions are powerful, revealing, and worth asking yourself when you lose direction.
My name is Jeremy Deedes, and I design and construct a purposeful and satisfying future for entrepreneurial couples whose kids have left home so that they can grow their wealth, free themselves from cloying restrictions and create new ways of making a difference.
Visit jeremydeedes.com or schedule a free 20-minute consultation call to learn how I can work with you.
Autumn, a time of change and renewal
The change from summer to autumn is a significant turning point in the year and a good time to review our lives and circumstances.
You’ve got a friend
Asking for help can be challenging, but someone willing and able to make a difference will respond when you call out their name.
How to find your purpose
It often takes a challenge, either a surprise or planned, to kick us into changing the direction of our life, as Alice’s story exemplifies.
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